By Peter Pownall
From October 2015 landlords will be required by law to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties.
The proposed changes to the law would require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy. Those who fail to do so would face sanctions and could face up to a £5,000 civil penalty.
There may also be a requirement under the Deregulation Act shortly to come into force that unless these alarms are in place a landlord will not be able to serve a Section 21 notice to bring a tenancy to an end.